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Charting a Course for Health Care Quality Improvement: Data-Driven Strategies for Eliminating Health Disparities

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Thursday, March 25, 2010, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC
 
As our nation continues to pursue comprehensive health care reform, the need to achieve equitable and high-quality care for all Americans remains a critical issue that must be addressed. Disparities in care are seldom consistently distributed across populations, and vulnerable groups – women, children, and racial and ethnic minorities – are impacted the most.
 
To address these issues, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings will host a national conference, "Charting a Course for Health Care Quality Improvement: Data-Driven Strategies for Eliminating Health Disparities." This will take place Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, DC
 
The conference will bring together key stakeholders to advance strategies for improved data collection, integration and utilization activities, as well as disparities measurement to promote health care equity. Participants will aim to identify best practices for collecting and reporting race, ethnicity, and primary language identifiers as well as practical, consensus-driven steps to measure and use this data to improve quality of care.
 
Keynote remarks will be offered by Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin. Other featured speakers include Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the Office of Minority Health, HHS; Dr. Brian Smedley, Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; and Dr. Reed Tuckson, Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group, among others. In addition, several breakout sessions will be held throughout the day. Breakout sessions include: 
 
Morning Breakout Sessions:
  • Panel A:  Making the 'Business Case' for Measuring and Addressing Disparities
  • Panel B:  Health Information Technology (IT) and Data Integration: Making Meaningful Use of Health IT to Advance Equity in Care
  • Panel C:  Indirect Estimation as an Interim Strategy to Better Data Reporting
 
Afternoon Breakout Sessions:
  • Panel D:  Generating Quality Reports: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Panel E:  Community Strategies on Data Dissemination and Use
  • Panel F:  Setting Standards: Current Efforts to Increase Health Care Equity
Added Monday, March 15th, 2010 by The Brookings Institution

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